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    What you need to know about 802.11ac Wi-Fi


    What you need to know about 802.11ac Wi-Fi

    By Yardena Arar

    The Wave 2 update for the relatively new 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard promises even faster and more efficient networks.

    Here's what to expect — and why you might want to wait a bit before purchasing that new 802.11ac router.

    The full text of this column is posted at (opens in a new window/tab).

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    What is truly "Waiting in the wings" is the IEEE 802.11ah, which is a wireless networking protocol that is an amendment of the IEEE 802.11-2007 wireless networking standard.
    It utilizes sub-GHz license-exempt bands to provide extended range Wi-Fi networks. It may have the potential to unify communications for all things that will connect InternetOfThings (IoT).

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    Remember you are speaking with an older guy with limited knowledge of all this new computer tech.

    With that said I have a few questions. I'm getting ready to move to a new residence in St Augustine Fla, that I will likely only be using for a portion of the year as I spend other time overseas in Thailand. Naturally I want hi-speed internet while I am there (maybe 6-7 months of the year).
    1) So I assume that I might want to wait to purchase a new router, such as one of these for the future. And it will work with any seller of Wi-Fi to a residence?
    2) Would this also be the more ideal router (speed and capacity) to get streaming video and TV services? Am I correct that this is the future of TV and video reception in the home, verses the current 'cable TV' services?
    3) I'm not a big TV watcher, but I have considered getting hooked up to Netflix, and as I understand it I could get this service over the internet rather than thru cable? I would love not to pay these 'monopolistic cable companies' for some TV and/or movie presentations,...particularly if I'm not there to use them for 5-6 months per year.
    Thanks, Brian

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    I've owned a ZyXEL 802.11ac router for about a year. Bought it to speed up multimedia networking in my home. It did this, but only at close range. It's nearly a line-of-sight router. The 2.4ghz side of the router is unremarkable in that its range is similar to the Linksys it replaced.
    I hope that now that Wave 2 is emerging, perhaps the manufacturer will provide a firmware update to improve performance and provide at least some of the newer features available using existing hardware.

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